On Tuesday, August 25, the Republican National Convention welcomed anti-abortion activist Abby Johnson to speak about the President's pro-life policies (using false and misleading statistics).
Unfortunately, her speech was overshadowed online by her tweets claiming women shouldn't have a right to vote and resurfaced video in which she says police would be right to racially profile her Black son.
Johnson, who rose to prominence in conservative circles after leaving her job at Planned Parenthood in 2009 to speak out against abortion, claims on her website to support a "new kind of feminism."
Johnson's "new" kind of feminism boldly think the world was better when women didn't have equal rights.
On Twitter, Johnson volunteered that a preference for "household voting" was one of her more controversial opinions and, to be fair, she was absolutely right.
Here’s another one. I would support bringing back household voting. 🤭 How anti-feminist of me. 😂— Abby Johnson (wife/mama) (@Abby Johnson (wife/mama)) 1588432912.0
In Johnson's preferred system, every household would get one vote and if there were disagreements between household members, the husband would get the ultimate say.
@AbbyJohnson Interesting idea.. but what happens when the husband is a Republican and the wife is Democrat or vice versa?— THE CONSERVATIVE PATRIOT (@THE CONSERVATIVE PATRIOT) 1588433478.0
@GOPPatriot40 Then they would have to decide on one vote. In a Godly household, the husband would get the final say.— Abby Johnson (wife/mama) (@Abby Johnson (wife/mama)) 1588433827.0
Online, Johnson has repeatedly scoffed at people who think denying women the right to vote would make them lesser citizens.
Of course, Johnson is no stranger to claiming some citizens are lesser than others. In a recently resurfaced video, Johnson claimed that it would be "smart" for police to "be more careful around my brown son than my white son."
In the video, recovered by VICE News, Johnson says:
"Right now, Jude is an adorable, perpetually tan-looking little brown boy. But one day, he's going to grow up and he's going to be a tall, probably sort of large, intimidating-looking-maybe brown man."
"Statistically, I look at our prison population and I see that there is a disproportionately high number of African-American males in our prison population for crimes, particularly for violent crimes."
"So statistically, when a police officer sees a brown man like my Jude walking down the road… because of the statistics that he knows in his head, that these police officers know in their head, they're going to know that statistically my brown son is more likely to commit a violent offense over my white sons."
“Statistically, my brown son is more likely to commit a violent offense over my white sons.” Imagine the trauma of… https://t.co/j3cFPHBppw— Hector Oseguera, Esq. (@Hector Oseguera, Esq.) 1598453398.0
Twitter was aghast at Johnson's dated, bigoted beliefs.
Like Abby Johnson, I have a white son and a Black son. Unlike Abby Johnson, I understand my white son will benefit… https://t.co/R3Fy8Pxz3t— Shannon Dingle (@Shannon Dingle) 1598385318.0
Abby Johnson proves Black people's point when we say prolife concern stops after a baby is born. Racial profiling l… https://t.co/STvNMrrX8X— Alessandra Harris (@Alessandra Harris) 1598457731.0
It seems shocking that the RNC would give any credence to the opinions of a woman like Abby Johnson.
Abby Johnson, everyone. Believes women should let their husbands decide their vote, that her black son should be ra… https://t.co/7yDZpIh4oK— Jerri Green (@Jerri Green) 1598412802.0
I will never applaud Abby Johnson after she said she would be okay with police racially profiling her son and the r… https://t.co/CgpyJbnby1— Alessandra Harris (@Alessandra Harris) 1598407381.0
In truth, abortion is a safe and common procedure.